Compensation

A victim of crime can get compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). WAR has won many cases over the years and campaigned for change.

Over the last few years, we have developed a network of survivors who are fighting for their compensation and want to campaign together.

Our campaign for fairer compensation spelled out the main ways the CICA discriminates against victims of sexual violence. Some of our demands have been won, such as ending the ‘Same Roof Rule‘ (which had denied an award to victims abused by someone who lived under the Same Roof as their attacker before 1979). And there have been some improvements made to prevent the CICA ruling that underage victims had consented to sex when it was rape. But our fight goes on.

CICA must be changed:

  • Stop refusing compensation to victims who have criminal convictions.
  • Don’t penalise victims who delay reporting crimes to police.
  • Extend the time limit to claim (currently two years).
  • Stop penalising victims for not co-operating with a prosecution.
  • Recognise that victims withdraw due to trauma, intimidation or hostility by their attacker or by police . . . Police testimony is invariably valued over the victim’s, despite their prejudices.
  • Raise the amounts granted for rape and sexual abuse.
  • Stop re-traumatising victims in the application process. Speed up decisions.
  • Stop hostile intimidating questions at appeal hearings, often using outdated rape myths that blame victims for rape. Make legal aid and other help available so victims can get help.

What you can do . . .

  • Share our campaign materials.
  • Write to the media to expose the injustices against victims of sexual violence in the Compensation Scheme.
  • Contact us to get involved in the campaign.

Campaign victories, media, & what we’re fighting for

Evidence to Ministry of Justice Review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, October 2020

♦ Government announces Same Roof victims can re-apply for compensation,
13 June 2019

♦ Our comment on Government's planned review of CICA rules, 10 September 2018

Independent article on the struggle of Kim Mitchell to get the compensation she is entitled to. She was refused because she had a minor conviction. This article also quotes us, and is a key demand we have put to the government, demanding they change this among other discrimination in the CICA rules, 30 July 2018

♦ Open Letter for compensation to Secretary of Justice - endorsed by dozens of organisations & experts, 15 March 2018

♦ Campaign update – survivor Alissa Moore in Parliament, 30 November 2017

♦ Christina McHugh, 27, raped when she was just 11, was denied compensation because of a conviction - Scottish Herald, 4 November 2017

♦ Hundreds of sex assault victims refused compensation due to criminal convictions,   The Independent, 28 October 2017

♦ Guardian: High court rules in favour of victim who retracted under duress, by Helen Pidd, describing how a woman who reported her husband for rape was prosecuted for retracting and then was denied compensation, which we helped overturn. 1 August 2016